Ever More On ‘The Paradise Project’ And Saving Thundering Waters Forest In Niagara, Ontario

A Brief Message on the Value of this Project from Doug Draper

Reposted August 12th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

“Thundering Waters is one of the last few remaining forested swamps in Canada,” notes a new website for what Niagara, Ontario filmmakers Stacey Koudys and Jon Lepp call ‘the Paradise Project’ – a link to which Niagara At Large will share with all of our many visitors here.wetland closeup

“These wetland communities have a higher density of life form than any other habitat in the country and are among the rarest,” the website, which supports a video Stacey and Jon released online earlier this August, continues.

Niagara At Large gives its full editorial support to Stacey and Jon’s project and to their ongoing work on what will be a full-length documentary film on a growing movement of citizens in Niagara to save a signficant piece of what is left of this region’s natural heritage from the buzz saws and bulldozers.

Their efforts, along with those of rising numbers of others, is a welcome, invaluable response to a lack of information and to misinformation from too many of our elected municipal councillors and from tax-funded agents like the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – a body that has become such a bad joke of the time-honoured voice for our natural places that it once was, that its time to press the Ontario government to scrap it and have the conservation areas placed in its trust turned over to provincial parks officers.

After more than two years of questionable firing and hiring practices and other conduct that has raised concerns that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s historic role as a an agency that stands up for conservation has been compromised or worse, it is time to say enough is enough.

It is time to press the Ontario government to exercise whatever powers it has under the Conservation Act and other provincial legislation to scrap this organization and save the taxpayers of Niagara and two neighbouring regions millions of dollars annually that is difficult to get any independent and thorough public accounting for.

Some of the smaller critters that make up the rich web of life that can be found in Thundering Waters Forest. Photo by Emma Lee Fleury

Some of the smaller critters that make up the rich web of life that can be found in Thundering Waters Forest. Photo by Emma Lee Fleury

The producers of the Paradise Project make the following reference to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority on their website – “The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), the very organization that should be leading the resistance against this development, has ignored their mandated responsibilities.”

The website goes on to stress that Niagara has already lost more than 90 per cent of its original wetlands – a significant amount of it lost to low-density urban sprawl – and it lists some of the key reasons why wetlands are so important to the health of all life on this planet, including our own.

Before you hopefully follow through on my request to visit and read and view the entire Paradise Project website, which I am about to feature that link to, here is one powerful sentence from the site that we should all pin on a wall where we live so we can see it and share with everyone else – “There is no development in the world that can equal what the Thundering Waters forested swamp contributes to all of us, and there is no scientific evidence proving that these ancient wetlands can be replaced or replicated.”

To visit the Paradise Project site click on ….  http://www.paradiseprojectfilm.com/ .

About the documentary film projectThe Paradise Project is a film in the making that captures the community of Niagara coming together to resist the “Paradise” development. Surrounding this local issue, the film follows the stories of a diverse handful of people struggling to save the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls. 

About the filmmakersJon Lepp and Stacey Koudys grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and were always taken by the beautiful forests and biodiversity present in the Niagara Region. When the community realized that there were problematic development plans for Thundering Waters Forest, Jon and Stacey knew that in being filmmakers, they needed to contribute to the effort to save the forest with their tools at hand.

Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper is an award-winning journalist whose coverage of environmental issues began with the Love Canal toxic waste disaster in Niagara, County, New York and the binational citizens’ campaign to curb the flow of dangerous pollutants from human activities to the Great Lakes.

One more time before NAL signs off this post, we are including a segment of Stacey and Jon’s video work on the Paradise Project in the event you missed it in earlier posts. Share it with EVERYONE!area.

And here is the link to the Facebook page and website for ‘Save Thundering Waters Forest’https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveThunderingWatersForest/

Read a related story on this issue on Niagara At Large athttps://voiceofniagara.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=20329&action=edit

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. Niagara At Large encourages you to share your views on this post. A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who share their first and last name with them.

Visit Niagara At Large at www.niagaraatlarge.com for more news and commentary for and from the greater bi-national Niagara region.

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